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Miami at LAS VEGAS (-3')

By Gus Augustine, Featured Handicapper


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Raise your hand if you thought the Las Vegas Raiders would be 2-0 after the first two weeks of the season. Put your damn hands down! The only person I know who had the Raiders opening the season 2-0 was Chris Jordan, who wrote several win total predictions for this site, and he said the Raiders would open 2-0.

They'll move to 3-0 with a home win and cover against the Miami Dolphins, who were brought down to earth by the Buffalo Bills last week. The Fins opened the season thinking they had beaten the all-might New England Patriots, but the fact is they stymied a rookie quarterback - end of story.

This week the Dolphins get the league passing leader in Derek Carr, and face a stifling defense that has Pro Football Focus' top-ranked edge rusher, Maxx Crosby.

On either side, the Raiders will be tough to handle, as they've found out themselves just how good their passing game is with a variety of talents who can do multi-faceted things, from tight end Darren Waller off the line, to speedy Henry Ruggs, to one-on-one nightmare Bryan Edwards, to cockstrong Hunter Renfrow, to do-it-all Zay Jones... this team is loaded.

I know Carr is questionable, but he has to be listed as such. Trust me, this dude is playing. He's been back, rehabbed his ankle, gotten treatment, done proprioception work - he won't miss this game.

On the other hand, Miami QB Tua Tagovailoa is considered "day-to-day" with a rib injury. That'll be tough to endure, even if he plays, especially against a ferocious defense that already forced Lamar Jackson to fumble the game away, and then stopped the Steelers on a short week.

Buy the half point anywhere between -2 1/2 and -4 1/2 and play the Raiders.

1* RAIDERS